Crocodile skinks are large and broadly similar to all other kinds of reptiles. However, they differ from other species in that they possess both a snake-like and an egg-laying cloaca. A pair of these egg-laying cloaca can be found in tandem on each side of the snake’s tail. The animal’s tail is covered with a brownish-black fur, which serves as a protective layer against the cold Australian climate. While this type of animal has not been observed in dry climates, they have been found in fields in southern Australia, which means they must stay moist in order to survive.
Tursiophorosurus gracilis, also known as red-eye crocodile skin, is an inhabitant mainly of Australia and New Guinea. The species is native to New Guinea, which means it probably doesn’t need an introduction to the dry land of Australia. It was first identified by Nelly de Rooij at the Botanic Gardens of Kedirra in 1911. Since then, there have been no recorded sightings of this particular crocodile skink anywhere in the world.
Like all other members of its genus, the male crocodile is fully equipped with a double shell, while the female has only a single shell. The reason for this is to ensure the survival of the species in case it encountered a predator while mating. This is because the male will have to swallow its mate’s entire body up if she were to try and escape. Their coloring is also highly unique as male crocodiles occur in a blue-green color, while the females are normally green or gray. They also have dorsal and anal plates, with the latter being considerably larger than those of the female.
Like most of its genus, the croc fossil record shows that the crocodylians do not lay eggs. A specie that does lay eggs, however, is the Anolis cosmosus. With the exception of one fossil found from Thailand, this specie is the only one of its kind in the entire world. This small member of the family, which weighs up to ten pounds and is between two and three feet long, lays eggs in a thick layer of mud that can sometimes reach five inches in diameter. In fact, eggs of this specie can survive for up to ten years or longer.
The crocodylians are nocturnal creatures, unlike their venomous reptilian counterparts who generally roost during the day. They sleep in thick vegetation, out of sight of humans, during the hours when the sun is low. They do not, however, prey on live prey such as monkeys or other small animals. They usually stay in hiding, watching their surroundings from a safe distance until the time comes to strike. Then, as quickly as they can, the skinks leap upon their prey’s, ripping their victims to ribbons with their powerful jaws.
Occasionally, the female will remain in the water to feed her young. However, the male will usually follow shortly afterward, to fertilize the eggs. Then, the female will dive down to the waters’ surface to deliver the young. The male leaves the female to take care of her young while she returns to the water to care for herself. While this method ensures the survival of the young, it also brings the pair closer together. With their strong bond, it is no surprise that the couple remain together for life.